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Shade for cutting?

02-25-2012, 06:38 AM
Can I use my lens for O/A to plasma cut or should I wear my welding helmet?
What is the correct shade for this process?

02-25-2012, 06:59 AM
The O/A lens probably doesn't give you protection from UV rays. I'd go with a welding helmet on the lightest setting.

02-25-2012, 07:51 AM
recommended number for Plasma cutting is a shade #5 or higher

11-13-2012, 07:37 AM
I purchsed glasses from Amazon made by miller and they seem to work well, although I'm no expert and I don't do a lot of cutting at any one time. They are number 5 shade and really fit against my face which is nice for illiminating particles from getting behind the lenses.

Miller 235658 Glasses Shade 5 Black Frame Cutting - Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003H1J5E6/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00)

11-13-2012, 10:50 AM
@ Copperhead,

Would you like to try this, I highly recommend this 'coz you protect your whole face not just your eyes. Just great for prolong metal grinding, plasma cutting and oxy-ace cutting. Simply replace the clear face shield with the shaded one which is a # 5.

Sperian Protection S8500 Bionic Face Shield : Amazon.com : Home Improvement (http://www.amazon.com/Sperian-Protection-S8500-Bionic-Shield/dp/B001VXXUWK/ref=sr_1_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1352827896&sr=1-2&keywords=UVEX+face+shield)

Amazon.com: Uvex S8565 Bionic Shield Replacement Lens, Shade 5.0 Polycarbonate, Uncoated: Home Improvement (http://www.amazon.com/Uvex-S8565-Replacement-Polycarbonate-Uncoated/dp/B00209JH1M/ref=sr_1_10?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1352827896&sr=1-10&keywords=UVEX+face+shield)

11-13-2012, 12:10 PM
Depends on how much cutting I am doing, usually put hood on Shade 6 have used up to shade 8 for some serious cutting. Have some family members that use just their dark sunglasses but my eyesight is too impartant for me to even think about just using sunglasses for protection.

11-13-2012, 12:38 PM
Definitely go for something with UV/IR protection like a welding helmet - shade 5/6 or higher. I personally like the face protection as well as eye coverage.

11-13-2012, 01:49 PM
shade depends on amps used for plasma cutting from shade 5 to 14
me and stan posted a chart do a search

11-13-2012, 02:37 PM
Cool! Will do a bit of searching for that gem ....

11-13-2012, 02:49 PM
Found this in an older thread and then got lazy and stopped looking .... :D

"The miller site says,
below 20 amps-------#4
This is for plasma cutting."